This is an Intermediate level (Level 1) course in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). There are 2 types of ESOL Reading Level 1 courses: Intensive (14 hours per week for 5 weeks) and part-time (3.5 – 4 hours per week for 10 weeks).
The aim of this unit is to develop the learner’s ability to read and understand straightforward texts on a range of topics.
This general ESOL course offers the ESOL City & Guilds Skills for Life Reading mode at Level 1. The learning outcomes of this course are mapped to the National Standards for Adult Literacy and the assessment criteria are mapped to the Adult ESOL Core Curriculum for Reading at level 1.
This course will help you to:
• Read a range of texts for different purposes (instruct, persuade, explain, describe)
• Trace the main events of a range of texts
• Distinguish between the different purposes of texts
• Scan texts to locate information
• Read to obtain specific detail
• Identify grammatical features and purpose of text
• Use strategies to work out the meaning of words
• Identify punctuation features and purpose in text
• Use reference material to obtain information
• Use organisational and structural features of text to locate information
Intermediate topics include: education & training, finding a job, communication at work, the environment, housing, travel & transport, me and my health, information technology, family and friends, me and my community, the media, UK society.
We will also study vocabulary and grammar at Level 1 related to task types, topics and exam past papers.
We have a maximum of 20 students in ESOL classes.
Your teacher may recommend a textbook for further study but materials will be provided in class.
An assessment is required for application to this course.
Career Opportunities / Progression
This course will help you to progress through our ESOL courses. The course after Reading Level 1 is Reading Level 2. Please talk to your teacher at the end of the course to discuss the best progression route for you.
You must be at least 16 years old to study ESOL at Belfast Metropolitan College.
All students must be assessed before the start of the course. Our teachers will give you a short test to check your level of English and then we will advise you on the best course to suit your needs. If you have certificates from a previous ESOL course, you may not need to take the test but you must bring your certificates with you to the assessment session.
You must also bring photographic ID, such as a valid passport or national identity card to the assessment session.
The dates and times for assessment can be found here: www.esol-at-belfastmet.eventbrite.co.uk
All fees are set in accordance with DfE regulations.
Please see our calendar for the teaching dates and public/ college holidays. For information about payment and our refund policy please check the Fees & Finance section of our website.